The match would seem to be pretty perfect. The Rangers need starting pitchers for 2015. By trade, Colby Lewis just happens to be one of those. He also happens to want to return. And, on Wednesday, he authored his second complete game in a month in a 12-4 win over Seattle.

There is one slight issue that keeps this from becoming a slam-dunk, no-brainer.

The Rangers play their home games at Globe Life Park in Arlington. There, Lewis hasn’t been nearly the pitcher he’s been in any other park in the majors.

“When you make a mistake in our ballpark, it doesn’t come back,” manager Ron Washington said.
That is true, especially for fly-ball pitchers, the clan to which Lewis belongs. He moves the ball around the strike zone while challenging hitters. Elevate the ball enough over the course of an at-bat and a hitter will either swing under it and miss it or create an upper cut and lift a fly ball.

Such was the case in spacious Safeco Field on Wednesday. Given a big early lead on a three-run double by rookie Tomas Telis and a grand slam by fellow rookie Rougned Odor, Lewis let the big ball park do the work for him. Lewis attacked hitters, and they lifted fly ball after fly ball. He had 13 fly balls and seven strikeouts compared to just six ground balls (one of which was a double play). For the season, he’s averaging 0.83 ground balls per fly ball, which ranks 38th among 41 qualifying AL starters.

That’s translated to astonishingly effective numbers on the road for a guy who hadn’t pitched in nearly two years and is doing so with a surgically repaired forearm and a titanium hip. He’s 7-3 with a 3.69 ERA and has consecutive complete games on the road.